IN A VIRTUAL UNIVERSE
Let's extrapolate a little, using plain logic and scientific
data, and you'll find a stirring and somewhat disturbing problem
concerning our very existence here...
we've got a technological civilization for a few hundred years
at the most. And now, we don't only fly to other worlds in
space. We also develop new Virtual Worlds becoming growingly
hard to distinct from our real world.
we are already developing Artificial Intelligence which are
predicted to surpass the Human mind in just a century, thereby
becoming capable of taking over and speeding up our scientific
and technical progress even more. The entire biological phase
of our technical civilization may pass in only a few centuries!
that's not all. Using statistical probability, scientists
now predict there should be alien life and intelligence on
countless worlds across the galaxy. Many should have developed
technical, spacefaring civilizations which already have existed
or even billions of years, appearing godlike to us.
But if they're so incredibly evolved, they should already
be here. So where are they? This dilemma is called Fermi's
Paradox. It's a mystery. Until you suddenly make the connection:
If we Humans can create Virtual Realities and Artificial Minds
which are smarter than us after a few hundred years
of technical evolution, what then could these alien intelligences
do after millions of years?
logical answer becomes that they may be destined to create
entire virtual universes with intelligent, conscious beings
like us. And that, in turn, means we are simply a bunch of
fictive, virtual beings confined to a fictive, virtual universe.
We, and everything we see around us, are made up of code hosted
inside a cosmic software, a virtual world which to us feels
real in every sense,
but where we can never look "outside".
that's the case, the aliens are real, but we are not. Unless,
of course, these aliens also are made up of code - just like
we some day might create our own virtual universes with conscious
characters. An infinite regression up and down!
these aliens even chose to escape to this virtual universe
themselves, trying to survive the limitations of their original
and perhaps dying universe? Information is certainly easier
to move between different environments than large physical
if everything is virtual, what's real then? And who started
it? We are back on "square one" again, left with
a number of rather philosophical questions...